New York Daily News-12 minutes agoAndrew Cuomo signed the measure into law less than an hour after it won final passage in the Legislature, with supporters hailing it as a model ...
But the content of the legislation is taking a back seat to the imaginary need to get it passed as quickly as possible. The state Senate passed the measure without any debate on the bill, and Governor Cuomo has dispensed with the three-day public review law in an attempt to avoid public debate on the topic.The NY SAFE Act would adjust the definition of a banned assault rifle so that any single characteristic — such as a telescoping stock, flash suppressor, bayonet attachment or pistol grip — on a semiautomatic rifle would render it illegal. Existing weapons would be grandfathered in, but their ownership could not be transferred.A statewide registry of these guns would be created, and the county-by-county process for issuing handgun permits would also be standardized and centralized. In a change to the state's Freedom of Information Law, permit applicants would be able to request their name and address not be released — a point that arose after the Journal News in Westchester County last month published a list of the names and addresses of pistol permit holders.The maximum capacity of an ammunition magazine would be reduced from 10 rounds to seven, and a current exemption for clips manufactured before 1994 will end.Private sales of firearms, which now proceed unfettered, would require a background check through a licensed dealer, putting those transactions in line with current purchasing requirements for rifles and shotguns.At the urging of Republicans in the Senate, the bill also stiffens penalties for people who use guns criminally. It would also include an expansion of mental health providers' ability to commit those found to be a danger to the public — another GOP priority — under what's known as Kendra's Law.
Warner Todd Huston writes:
Sadly Huston is correct, not only has the bill been forced upon New Yorkers with not so much as a discussion, but a dozen Republicans in the Senate went along with it.... weekend dealmaking behind closed doors resulted in a bill that has bipartisan support, but the full legislature has not yet had a chance to see the back room-written legislation.New York State has a constitutional amendment that requires a three-day public review of all laws before they are allowed to take effect. However, this bill's backroom deal makers are urging anti-gun Governor Cuomo to issue a "message of necessity" that would cancel the three-day review period.Further discussion will continue behind closed doors and away from the light of public view.
Despite Republicans willingness to bow to the governor on this legislation, and emotionally respond to a topic that requires level-headed thinking, criticism of these tactics has been strong. New York Post editor Fred Dicker, a normally reliable ally and current biographer for the governor, ripped these latest measures.
UPDATE: Mental Recession has this:
This is priceless. Governor Cuomo is bragging about a provision in his new gun law that would make the murder of a first responder punishable by life in prison.He based this provision on a case in Webster, NY. Problem being, that particular gunman killed himself, meaning the Webster provision would never have prevented, or even been applied in that case.